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Sparks likely to fly on no-faith motion on Marapana
by Kesara Abeywardena The Island: A heated debate is expected in parliament when the no-faith motion on Defence Minister Tilak Marapana is taken up today. Opposition sources said they would raise all matters concerning ceasefire violations by the LTTE including the recent incident in Delft where t...
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POTA has provisions to safeguard against its misuse: Anand
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 17: Contrary to the views held by his predecessor Justice J S Verma, newly-appointed Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Justice A S Anand today said the controversial POTA did have provisions to safegaurd against its misuse. "There are apprehensions that...
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PM leaves for China for two-day visit
Bangkok, Feb 18 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday left for Beijing for his two-day official visit to the People's Republic of China, according to a radio news report. Thaksin and his entourage, including Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathir...
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PTT signs fuel distribution deal with Myanmar
Bangkok, Feb 18 (TNA): PTT Plc has signed a deal with the state-owned Myanmar Petroleum Product Enterprise (MPPE) to distribute fuel worth one billion baht a year through two border passes in Myanmar. Apisit Rujikeatkamchorn, senior executive vice president of PTT, said the company would supply t...
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1m low-cost homes to be built over 5 yrs
By - Piyamas Songklin Bangkok, Feb. 18: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday affirmed that the government would keep building low-cost houses for people with limited incomes until demand was fulfilled. He expected the number of applications for homes under the Ua Athon ("Care") programme to...
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Thailand-Myanmar to expand account trade
Bangkok, Feb 18 (TNA): Myanmar and Thailand have agreed to expand account trade, which is expected to help boost overall two-way trade between the two neighbouring countries, according to radio and T.V. news reports. Rachen Pachanasunthorn, Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade, tol...
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About 120 dead in South Korea subway inferno
By Samuel Len and Kim Kyung-hoon Taegu, South Korea (Reuters), Feb. 18: About 120 people were killed in South Korea and scores were missing on Tuesday after flames and smoke engulfed two crowded subway trains following an arson attack, officials said. The mayor of the southeastern city of Taegu s...
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Address to the Joint session of Indian Parliament by President Abdul Kalam.
New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS): Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam addressed the joint session of Parliament Monday. Following is the full text of the President's address: "Honorable Members, I extend a warm welcome to you at this first session of Parliament in 2003. This is my first Address to Parliam...
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Sri Lanka: The Judiciary and Human Rights
Hong Kong, Feb. 17: Sunanda Deshapriya, Convener, Free Media Movement in Sri Lanka has brought to the notice of the Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) case that was heard in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, where the man who filed the case was sentenced to imprisonment by the Chie...
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How are rooms appointed?
Compiled by - V. Rajeny My friend Judy was working at a Maine costal resort when she answered a call for information about the inn. After finishing the conversation, Judy stepped away from the desk. When the phone rang again, a student intern took the call. "I forgot to ask something." the caller...
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Science Mags Edit for Biosecurity
Editors of the world's leading scientific journals announced Saturday they would delete details from published studies that might help terrorists make biological weapons. The editors, joined by several prominent scientists, said they would not censor scientific data or adopt a top-secret classific...
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Thai anti-drugs war toll jumps
Bangkok, Feb. 18: Nearly 320 people have died in a Thai anti-drugs crusade in its first 15 days, the police said yesterday, but human rights advocates fear over-zealous authorities are using the campaign to commit atrocities. Police told reporters they arrested more than 15,000 suspected trafficke...
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Thai restaurants in US urged to use more Thai jasmine rice
New York, Feb 17: The Ministry of Commerce has urged Thai restaurants in the United States to use more Thai jasmine, or Hom Mali rice, as the rice represents “Thainess”, saying that a certificates will also be issued to Thai restaurants to guarantee their hygienic standard if they are qualified. D...
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Jewelry export likely to grow 12% this year
Bangkok, Feb 18 (TNA): The export of precious stones and ornaments is expected to grow at least 12% this year should the government promote the industry continuously and sincerely, according to an industry executive. Sunee Sri-orathaikul, president of the Jewelry Traders’ Association, said it set...
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N.Z. investigates Bangkok embassy cash-for-visas scam
Sydney, Feb. 17: A government investigation into a cash-for-visas scam at New Zealand's embassy in Thailand showed "bribery and corruption are a way of life" in some Asian countries, New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters said Monday. Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel has confirmed the g...
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Norway nearly triples financial aid to Sri Lanka
By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Feb. 17: Norway said Monday it plans to nearly triple its financial aid to war-ravaged Sri Lanka as part of the European nation's efforts to mediate an end to 19 years of civil war that has cost about 65,000 lives. Norway ple...
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SLFP - JVP agreement in March - Anura
by Franklin Satyapalan The Island: SLFP front bencher Anura Bandaranaike yesterday said that the SLFP and the JVP would come into an agreement in March. He refuted rumours about a national government with the UNP, but said that senior member of the SLFP were in the process of building a cordial re...
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Sparks likely to fly on no-faith motion on Marapana
by Kesara Abeywardena The Island: A heated debate is expected in parliament when the no-faith motion on Defence Minister Tilak Marapana is taken up today. Opposition sources said they would raise all matters concerning ceasefire violations by the LTTE including the recent incident in Delft where t...
09.09.2009 - 12:57
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POTA has provisions to safeguard against its misuse: Anand
New Delhi, (PTI), Feb. 17: Contrary to the views held by his predecessor Justice J S Verma, newly-appointed Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Justice A S Anand today said the controversial POTA did have provisions to safegaurd against its misuse. "There are apprehensions that...
09.09.2009 - 12:57
  Read More Here
PM leaves for China for two-day visit
Bangkok, Feb 18 (TNA): Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday left for Beijing for his two-day official visit to the People's Republic of China, according to a radio news report. Thaksin and his entourage, including Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathir...
09.09.2009 - 12:57
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